10 best walks in the Lake District

Our pick of the ten best walking routes in the Lake District

Illustration photo of 10 best walks in the Lake District

[1] SCRAMBLING BLENCATHRA

"Blencathra is really several mountains in one. The range of ridges which fan away from Blencathra’s summit to the east and south make it a far more interesting prospect than its hummocky neighbour. Mixing and matching these ridges allows you to tailor the type of walking experience you have..." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[2] GRASMERE

"Each time you think you’ve reached the end of this marvellous stretch of rugged crags, another seems to rear its gnarled head over the periphery. Even the steep descent, which winds confidently back down to Easedale and into Grasmere, leaves you tingly with adrenaline...." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[3] HIGH STREET

"The top of High Street, the mountain, is quite extensive and it’s no surprise that this used to be known as Racecourse Hill, a name dating back to the times when the locals from the lost village of Mardale Green used to congregate here for an annual festival, which included horse racing. The same horses were also used to carry ale and provisions for the revelry..." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[4] RED SCREES

"Red Screes is a fantastic vantage point to survey the surrounding hills. Looking north-west beyond Middle Dodd, Hartsop above How and St Sunday Crag stand out from their neighbours, while to the right of Brothers Water the peaks leading to Place Fell stand guard over Patterdale..." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[5] OLD MAN OF CONISTON

"From here mountains shrink, dipping into the cobalt cut of Coniston Water, bobbing briefly over low hills clad in conifer, before slipping away into Morecambe Bay. On the right the Old Man of Coniston exhibits natural crags too. This wall of broken rock rises to meet the panorama, carrying with it two tarns that snuggle into offshoots of this northern ridge..." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[6] HAYCOCK & CAW FELL

"With each upward step through coarse heather, the views opened out like a fan across the Buttermere fells of Starling Dodd and Red Pike and towards Pillar and another favourite fell, Steeple. Ennerdale Water continued to wink at me in the sunshine..." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[7] HIGH SEAT

"A steady uphill plod soon saw us arrive at the top of Bleaberry Fell and a panoramic treat with the surrounding hilltops and lakes clearly visible, as the weather continued to stick to the fine forecast. The craggy knoll of our next hill, High Seat, was also obvious and inviting, about a mile to the south...." CLICK HERE FOR MAP & WALK

[8] GLARAMARA & ALLEN CRAGS